Queeensland Shrimp Sector Hit by Whitespot Virus

Queeensland Shrimp Sector Hit by Whitespot Virus

Two shrimp farms in Queensland, Australia has been severely damaged by infection of White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV), causing a state-wide panic among the shrimp sectors in Australia. This WSSV detection is the first occurrence since the last two years and it was discovered by Biosecurity Queensland officials during a routine testing in farms around Queensland.

State authorities are now ensuring that this infection is contained before it spreads to other shrimp farms because they want to avoid a repeat of the same incident in 2016. In 2016, shrimp stocks in seven shrimp farms destroyed by the WSSV, leading to a loss of almost $400 million dollars. This crippled the income of shrimp farmers and the shrimp sector.

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Two Largest Ecuador Shrimp Companies Lose Export Approvals to China due to Virus-Infected Shrimps

Two Largest Ecuador Shrimp Companies Lose Export Approvals to China due to Virus-Infected Shrimps

Pesquera Santa Priscila, Ecuador’s largest shrimp company, and Omarsa, the second-largest, lost approvals to export shrimp to China due to presence of Yellow Head Virus (YHV) and White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) in shrimps.

This temporary ban on export approvals to China occurred when Chinese authorities detected WSSV in Santa Priscila’s shrimps and YHV in Omarsa’s shrimps. Omarsa’s shipments and Santa Priscila’s shipments were banned from entering into China after 5th August and 23rd August last year in 2019 respectively. Read more

Infectious Hypodermal and Haematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHHNV) : US shrimp farmer placed under quarantine after this deadly disease finding

Infectious Hypodermal and Haematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHHNV) : US shrimp farmer placed under quarantine after this deadly disease finding

Natural Shrimp Inc. which is US land-based farmer was placed under quarantine after the viral shrimp disease Infectious Hypodermal and Haematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHHNV) was discovered at its facility in La Coste, Texas.

Presence of IHHNV is detected from two post-larvae shipments from its hatchery supplier in March and April. However, at the time of the receipt of the shipments, Natural Shrimp was notified by its supplier that the shipments were virus-free.

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EHP and EMS Cases on the Rise in Southeast Asian Shrimp Farms

EHP and EMS Cases on the Rise in Southeast Asian Shrimp Farms

The Southeast Asia’s shrimp industry may suffer from Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) and Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) cases, which increased from 2017 to 2019 due to accumulation of the pathogens in the hatchery system.

It was found that EHP and EMS were only present in 4% and 8% of post-larvae samples respectively, in 2018. However, their numbers have greatly increased in 2019, with at least 10% of the post-larvae samples having either EMS or EHP.

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Speedy Assay Ecuador Distributor Participated in Aqua Expo 2019 in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Speedy Assay Ecuador Distributor Participated in Aqua Expo 2019 in Guayaquil, Ecuador

During 21st October – 24th October 2019, Speedy Assay’s Ecuador distributor partook in the Aqua Expo 2019, which was held in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The shrimp industry in Ecuador is the first non-oil export item with a 19% growth in 2019 and it has a huge impact on the country’s economy.

The aim of this expo was to allow companies to present their latest technological products and services in the field of aquaculture. It was also to address on different shrimp-related topics such as shrimp sustainability and shrimp health management in the farms.

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